Reader Chris Bandini sends in the sad news about Benny Louie Chinese Laundry on 13th Street near University. The sign outside says they're closing on June 12 because they lost their lease.
Though it's not in my laundry neighborhood, I always liked walking by Benny Louie and seeing their old signage.
We keep losing Chinese laundries, like Chin's, Harry Chong, Lee's, and many more.
They're not going out of business. They're not losing customers. They're being denied new leases, or
having their rents hiked beyond reach. They're being driven away. And City Hall won't do a thing to #SaveNYC.
I don't know how long Benny Louie has been here. From reviews on Yelp, it sounds like two generations. When I went in to ask about the closure, the sad young man at the counter didn't want to talk about it.
One Yelp reviewer who's a regular had this to say:
"Been going to Benny's for ages...when Benny's father used to run the shop. They've been around for so long, and Benny's can't wait till the day he retires and go fishing! But if that were ever to happen, I am sure Cindy will continue to make this place even better."